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Open mike 26/08/2014

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220 comments on “Open mike 26/08/2014”

  1. North 1

    Bring it on soldier !

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11314137

    “Mr Mitchell said the narrative in Dirty Politics was completely false, and he was considering legal action”.

    • Not a PS Staffer 1.1

      Not a PS Staffer 9.3
      26 October 2013 at 11:06 am
      Mark Mitchell, MP for North Shore, is a former NZ Policeman who..

      “launched an international business career which included the start-up of my own company specialising in hostage rescue, supply chain security and risk management. Working closely with the World Economic Forum, I helped to establish Logistic Emergency Response Teams…. ”
      see http://www.markmitchell.co.nz/mark-mitchell-profile.html

      Mitchell’s father-in-law Frank Gill was a National Party North Shore MP as well as being a minister and ambasador to Washington.
      Mitchell is a well integrated into the National Party real power structures. Mitchell is also well integrated into the Special Services network, the Police and the Intelligence Services.

      Mark Mitchell knew about the Len Brown affair because there was a professional project to displace Len that went beyond the Palino/Slater/Wewege amateurs.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Mark Mitchell’s father in law was a leery leech! Followed me around the Debating Chamber gallery many years ago. I was not impressed. Insisted on being called Air Commodore Gill. Struck me as lacking in any intellectual skills. Sounds like Mark Mitchell would have been a fine fit with his father-in-law.

    • Pete 1.2

      Somebody should explain to him what discovery is

      • North 1.2.1

        Beautiful Pete ! Mitchell probably reads “Discovery” as some sort of Remuera tractor.

    • Pascals bookie 1.3

      Mitchell won’t sue Hager. This is just pre-relection deflection. There is nothing stopping him telling his lawyers to get cracking on it right now if he was serious. He is not serious, and like with Collins, this case will not see court.

      There will, I suspect, be other cases that do see court. But not this one.

      • Tracey 1.3.1

        Hager has been careful to state things like

        The emails show… And then tells you what the emails said.

        u

  2. crocodill 2

    As a staunch supporter of the Left, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the dangerous gaps in policy.

    Last night I didn’t sleep a wink. Not one party I could call as being from the political Left (Parties that truly care what happens to people) had any mention of one of the most important details of Health and economic development policy on their websites. Over on the Right party sites, they are neck deep in satirical logical fallacies, it’s easy to tell what they really mean, but on the Left, nothing. How would a left coalition government help those in need of Cognitive Dissonance? It’s not 1968 anymore, telling people you’ll do your best if nothing comes up and to put their trust in Good Faith just doesn’t cut it.

    You know what happened the other day? I went to find my car and there was this awful stink. It was so bad I thought I’d run over a hedgehog on the way into work. You know what it was? One of those Street Lifestylers wedged between my front bumper and the pipes running along the wall of the building. It was trying to keep warm no doubt. Well someone paid for that heat and he stole it. Why don’t they just hang out in cafes like everyone else if he’s that bad off. God, I hate people who don’t do what’s right. Had to get the parking attendant to roll it away. Reality is becoming so much more difficult to ignore under successive governments and ignoring my growing unease just isn’t on. The next Left government really needs to act.

  3. Paul 3

    Awful interview by Espiner on RNZ.
    Proof the media will not discuss policies and usual wants to talk polls etc….
    Now we’ve read Dirty Politics, we know the agenda.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Yep a shocker.

      • Tigger 3.1.1

        My only hope now – personal stuff from WhaleDump. The fight has to get dirty to drag them back in.

        • I just don’t know if personal stuff will have impact, or if it devalues the whole project. Hager’s been very careful to stick to the issues which show how the right has been manipulating the media and attacking its opponents, and we’ve already seen blowback like “well aren’t you doing exactly the same thing using hacked emails.”

          If it gets personal it’s much, much easier for the right to brush it off by saying “see, the left are just as bad, this is politics as normal.”

          • Tracey 3.1.1.1.1

            given the nats current penchant for using tobacco companies to train some of its young candidates, whaledump on carrick gragam and slater might be edifying for some

        • phillip ure 3.1.1.2

          @ tigger..

          ..i am wanting to see the extent/depth of the links with mainstream media..

          ..i intend to ask hager about that at his public meeting on wed nite..

          (the other dump i want to see is the slater/ede one..

          ..that’s where it gets taken directly to key..)

    • Olwyn 3.2

      Unbelievable! This no doubt was his attempt at “balance” after the roasting he gave the PM a week or so ago. But shouting 25% six times in a minute, and saying things like “I put it to you that nobody like you” is not the stuff of tough interviews – it is just a shallow and silly attack.

    • Pete 3.3

      It’s a gotcha question. If Cunliffe answered “Sure, lots of people like me” he’d sound full of himself, if he said “Not enough like me” he’d sound hopeless. It’s like asking when someone stopped beating their wife.

  4. Belladonna 4

    I heard that also, quite disgusting. Espiner needs to be looking for another job. Something more suited to his abilities.

    • karol 5.1

      Thanks for the Guardian link. Interesting that the author says it has exposed in NZ, the way politics and the media play out across many countries.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        Without a central leaker, Hager would have no book. He salutes their bravery. “We mustn’t fall for the idea that whistleblowers are doing something wrong. They are the natural reaction to undemocratic government.”

        QFT

        And that, to, is something that the National Party and their sycophants don’t want people to consider. It’s why they parrot the line that things were stolen which is just more of the manipulation that Dirty Politics shows so well.

      • swordfish 5.1.2

        Author of the Guardian article is Antony Loewenstein – one of the Australian Jewish community’s leading and most trenchant critics of Israel. Wrote My Israel Question (an excellent analysis of, amongst other things, the Zionist/”Pro”-Israeli excesses of sections of the Aussie Jewish community – particularly its lobby-groups) and co-founded Independent Australian Jewish Voices. He’s paid a substantial personal price over the years for his courage and integrity.

    • yeshe 5.2

      Awww .. thx, the Stuff link has excellent info about Whaledump. So Rawshark it is then, and our hacker does seem to be a man. Interesting comment that his motive, when fully understood, will point directly at him, and only him.

      It’s a must read for many here.

      But OUCH ! comment from someone under the Guardian article ..

      ‘NZ is the new Uruguay – a once prosperous nation now increasingly a relatively impoverished but scenic backwater’ .

    • ianmac 5.3

      Yes Awww Thanks for the Guardian link. The writer says that the dirty tricks happen all round the world and this expose is very timely. Niky has reached the World. And John Key has plummeted to the bowels of the World.

  5. tricledrown 6

    Mother of dead west coaster Slater defamed said it was most likely one of his friends was most likely the hacker!
    And she was going to sue Camoron Slater!

    • Awww 6.1

      Any legal action against Slater is cause for celebration!

    • Enough is Enough 6.2

      Sue him for what?

      • tricledrown 6.2.1

        Defamation hope his 3rd strike earns him some time behind bars!
        For the 2x convicted crim!

        • Vinscreen Viper 6.2.1.1

          Sorry but that wouldn’t run. At Common Law you can’t defame the dead as reputation is a personal right which can only be defended in person.

          • Ffloyd 6.2.1.1.1

            Didn’t he also abuse her?

            • Vinscreen Viper 6.2.1.1.1.1

              All I’m aware of is the ‘feral’ comment about the dead man which has been reported in the press. I haven’t looked at Slater’s original remarks as I’d rather sort through used lavatory paper looking for re-usable sheets.

              I’d think it unlikely, though. Establishing defamation is a pretty high bar. Frankly I doubt even Slater’s comment about Judd Hall as ‘feral’ would be legally defamatory in the way that, say, calling him a fraudster or paedophile would be.

              Some folk might even regard it as complimentary.

              (Sorry, reply to tricledrown below.)

              • alwyn

                “Some folk might even regard it as complimentary”

                The woman herself, in the morning report interview said as much about the phrase “feral” and said that a lot of people on the coast were quite happy with such a description. I’m not sure whether she specifically included herself in the group but she didn’t seem to find it offensive.
                Surprised me. I would have found it so.

          • tricledrown 6.2.1.1.2

            Vinscreen Viper is their anything Slater can be charged with!
            Now Key Can’t call this a left wing conspiracy theory anymore!

    • Rosie 6.3

      There was some speculation amongst a few of us last week about the identity of the hacker and thought it may be a classmate, friend or partner of Judd Hall’s – remember Nicky Hager said the motivation for the hacking wasn’t political.

      Jo(e?) Hall, Judd’s Mum , said she hoped that Key would apologise for his connection with Slater when he visited the West Coast today. I think she might be mistaken, assuming that Key has some scruples.

      Here’s the thing West Coast Tasman voters. In 2011 you gave your party vote to National, with National receiving the highest amount of party votes. On 20th September turn your backs on this party that has done nothing for you and whose leader stood by the one who mocked the death of one of your sons.

      Make “zero party votes for National” your goal in 2014.

  6. xtasy 7

    Lest we forget, what this present NatACT government has done to us!!!

    While much attention has recently been given to the nasty “black ops” activities by a blogger by the name of Cameron Slater (aka “Whaleoil”) and certain senior staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, same as by Judith Collins and a few others, we must not forget what else happened over recent years, and for what Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been responsible for. Here is a selection of news and other sources re her nasty “welfare reforms” and her own hypocrisy:

    “Why Paula Bennett Is Not Fit To Be A Minister”, BE Media, 29 July 2009
    http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/07/why-paula-bennett-is-not-fit-to-be-a-minister/

    “Some welfare reforms do breach rights, says Bennett”, NZ Herald, 25 March 2010:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10634153

    “Social Development Minister Paula Bennett admits that part of her welfare reforms breach the Bill of Rights Act but says it would not bother most people.” “And Attorney-General Chris Finlayson denies he deliberately withheld his report advising that part of the Government’s welfare plans breach the Bill of Rights Act. He puts the delay in its presentation to Parliament as an “administrative error”.”

    “Human Rights Commission comes out against Paula Bennett..”, Tumeke, 20 May 2010
    http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2010/05/human-rights-commission-comes-out.html

    “OPEN LETTER TO: Hon Paula Bennett, Minister Of Social Development and Peseta-Sam Lotu-Liga”, CPAG, 12 April 2012
    http://www.cpag.org.nz/news/open-letter-to-paula-bennett-peseta-sam-lotu/

    Paula Bennett on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Bennett

    “In July 2009, Bennett released the benefit details of two beneficiaries, Natasha Fuller and Jennifer Johnston, who had criticised the Government’s policy of getting rid of the Training Initiative Allowance (TIA). She said she believed she had “implied consent” for the release of the information.” “There has also been considerable criticism of Bennett for abolishing the TIA. Both Fuller and Labour MP Charles Chauvel said that they would make complaints to the privacy commissioner and Schroff, respectively.”

    “The Privacy Commission investigated Bennett’s actions after receiving a complaint. In late 2010, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff closed her investigation into the privacy complaint and referred the matter to the Director of Human Rights Proceedings for the Human Rights Commission, Robert Hesketh. On 15 August 2012, Hesketh announced the resolution of the complaint under the Privacy Act against Bennett, saying, “On the basis of the Minister’s letter to me, I have agreed to close my file. The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.”[30] In her letter to Hesketh, Bennett wrote: “I have on previous occasions expressed to you through my counsel and to Ms Fuller, when I met with her in person, my regret at the personal cost that this incident has caused Ms Fuller. The purpose of this letter is to formally convey that.”

    “As you know, I took the view that it was appropriate for me to respond to some of Ms Fuller’s comments in order to provide what I considered to be information relevant to the public debate that was taking place at the time. I acknowledge that you consider that I was wrong to do so and that this resulted in a breach of Ms Fuller’s privacy.” “As you also know, I do not accept that view.”

    Other reports:
    “The Achilles Heel of National’s welfare reforms”, CPAG, 02 March 2012
    http://www.cpag.org.nz/topics/social-security/

    “Welfare group warns thousands will suffer after changes”, NZ Herald, 15 July 2013
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898243

    “Welfare now has health warning”, NZ Herald, 16 July 2013
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10898616

    “Job hunting replaces focus on welfare benefits”, NZ Herald, 16 July 2013
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898601

    “Welfare Reform – New Zealand Association of Social Workers”, 19 July 2013
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00237/welfare-reform-new-zealand-association-of-social-workers.htm

    Some of the results we know about:
    “Record numbers struggling to make ends meet”, 04 Nov. 2013
    http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=34699

    “Don’t copy our welfare cuts, New Zealand experts warn Australia”, The Guardian, 03 June 2014
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/03/dont-copy-our-welfare-cuts-new-zealand-experts-warn-australia

    “How is Government evaluating its welfare reforms, and why aren’t we allowed to know?”, M. Fletcher, Public Address, 29 June 2014
    http://publicaddress.net/speaker/how-is-government-evaluating-its-welfare/

    VOTE WISELY on 20 September 2014!

    • Chooky 7.1

      @ xtasy….which Left party are you voting for ?…and why?…because this may affect my vote ie I may vote the way you suggest

      • xtasy 7.1.1

        Chooky, I am most likely to give the Greens my party vote, although I cannot agree with some of their policies. They do though seem to offer the best deal to those dependent on WINZ, and actually want to bring in a kind of universal basic income, by replacing the present Social Security Act with new law. That basic income would be topped up, and it seems they are prepared to ensure people get enough to live from, whether they care for children, are disabled, studying or whatever else.

        See their policy:
        https://home.greens.org.nz/
        https://home.greens.org.nz/policy/income-support-policy
        https://home.greens.org.nz/policylist
        https://home.greens.org.nz/policysummary/disability-policy-summary

        Like with all parties, they list much aspirational stuff, but I trust them more than Labour, certainly when it comes to social security. Question will be how much they can push for when negotiating with Labour to form a government, but I have reservations re Internet Mana, as they will most likely not be such an important player, and may not even be needed for a government. Also I have some concerns about Dotcom’s involvement, and how many in the public perceive them.

        Labour have got some interesting social policy too now, but they really do much more for those able to work, and in some ways they seem only moderately caring for the unemployed sick and disabled. Work is their mantra for many social ills, a bit like the National Party, just not as unfair and harsh.

        But take a look at all left of centre parties’ policies, I just stated my thoughts.

        • Chooky 7.1.1.1

          @xtasy…thanks!….that is good to hear about the Greens because i was going to Party vote for them anyway …you just confirm my intended vote ..I have a brother with a handicap and who is on a disability benefit….so i will make sure that he knows your arguments and research too… Generally he votes Labour…but he may like to consider the Greens this time.

          Maybe you could turn this into a Post?….so a lot more people get to see your research, arguments and hear your perspective on this very important party policy issue.

          • xtasy 7.1.1.1.1

            I am not going to turn stuff into a post, although this “comment” above is the size of one. Over the coming days and weeks I will present a bit more of stuff that I have saved, that I can find by Google search, and that will remind people of what the Nats under Key and Bennett have done to harm and harass so many.

            I will also endeavour to present a bit more on Dr Bratt and so forth. A few good comments on Open Mike will be read by many, I am sure.

            • Chooky 7.1.1.1.1.1

              well i think many beneficiaries and those who support them do need some guidance on which parties have the BEST policies for them and why….or at least a personal perspective from the coal face to spark off their thinking on which party to vote for

              ….you could always maybe circulate it in a post on the Daily Blog as well?

  7. Awww 8

    Just placed a reserve on Dirty Politics at the library. I am number 63 in the queue and there are 10 copies available for loan….so much for the public not being interested.

    • Belladonna 8.1

      I ordered it from my library and was no. 320 in the queue. Let’s hope a lot of undecided voters read the book and vote accordingly.

      • yeshe 8.1.1

        you can maybe ask on here for a loan copy from someone .. I can’t help as I have the kindle version on my computer. but asking is worth a try. (And to maintain mutual anonymity, make a new gmail account and post it for someone to contact you. I did it when book first came out, and had it all arranged .. but then ebook was available.)

        #320 is a long way down and the election is close !

        • Rosie 8.1.1.1

          Good idea yeshe. We could have a Standardista Dirty Politics library. I’m in Wellington and more than happy to lend my copy. This book is essential reading for all NZer’s of any political colour. (principled National voters would be disgusted at the depths their party has sunk to)

          I can’t afford to buy books these days (my days collecting of books came to an abrupt end when financial circumstances changed!) but used the grocery money to get my copy. Well worth having baked beans on toast two meals in a row as a consequence!

          • yeshe 8.1.1.1.1

            😀 @rosie

            and did you see the Stuff link at #5 ? most interesting indeed from the whaledump hacker.

            • Rosie 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes! Rawshark! So just playing catch up, the hacker and whaledump are the same person?

              Great Guardian article too, from Awww’s link.

              • yeshe

                maybe not the same person, but same intent !! And more ….

                I see the Pike River families are planning a silent protest at Key this afternoon with Jo Hall ( Judd’s mother) hopeful of an apology from Key .. well, at least she’s going to make it plain it is what she expects.

                (oops .. just saw your previous post on same subject, sorry)

          • anker 8.1.1.1.2

            Happy to loan out my copy too.

            Any thoughts how we could make this work? I am in Wellington.

            Anyone who would like to read it, message me and maybe we can arrange a meeting point.

            • yeshe 8.1.1.1.2.1

              What I did last week — I created a new gmail account, with a family name .. then I posted that email addy on here for the poster to contact me, which he did. I don’t know if his name was real or not ! Good luck …

            • Rosie 8.1.1.1.2.2

              I’d suggest, if it were ok with Lynn, that if a person requested to borrow a book, that Lynn could forward the “issuer’s” email address to the “borrower”. This would perhaps mean there would a be a list on this site with commenters/issuers and their areas, that borrowers could select from. Borrower x see’s that issuer y in Tauranga has a copy of The Book they can lend. They get in touch via email and arrange collection or postage.

              There needs to be an element of trust in doing this, but I feel more comfortable with option than yeshe’s one below. (Could you get spammed by crazies?)

              Depends on whether Lynn and or authors have the time to muck around supplying emails.

              • lprent

                There is a problem with the privacy policy. I will have a look around for a private messaging facility for the site.

              • nadis

                or you could just strip out the DRM form a purchased copy from amazon and share that, takes less than 3 minutes to do. After all, information should be free and copyright is an outdated concept enforced by the fascist lackeys of corporates. If it wasn’t against the law (and I respect the property rights of the Standard), I’d a post a link to it here. Wouldn’t surprise me however if its not already on Mega.

                • yeshe

                  nadis, nadis, nadis. oh dear.

                • weka

                  “or you could just strip out the DRM form a purchased copy from amazon and share that, takes less than 3 minutes to do.”

                  How? I had a look online simply so I could open the book in something other than kindle which doesn’t support page numbering (doh!). The couple of online and download apps I tried couldn’t rip the book.

          • outofbed 8.1.1.1.3

            I have a copy for loan

        • AnnetteH 8.1.1.2

          I have said I would never again post on TS, but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception. I will lend my copy. Contact me at “borrowdp [at] hmamail.com”

      • Ffloyd 8.1.2

        Maybe you can borrow key’s copy?

      • alwyn 8.1.3

        How long does your library loan books for? I would assume that it is a week so only 3 more people will get each book before the election.
        I imagine the number on the list will go to zero on 21 September.

  8. Ffloyd 9

    Didn’t hear it but heard my husband abusing the radio when he heard it. Didn’t blame him when he told me about guyons incisive, in depth interview of Cumliffe. I think DC should just send ‘The Office’ next time. Trying to get a decent interview from guyon is just a waste of time for David. Who says to ANYONE “I put it to you that nobody likes you” Well guyon, you are universally disliked , you could be better but you choose daily to show yourself up as a biased, boring lazy interviewer. And your voice is barely distinguishable from Susie’s

  9. Rich 10

    Nothing terribly surprises me anymore, but I have to admit that the NZ Herald is challenging that.

    Today in the Herald there’s two puff pieces on National and none on Labour. Worse we get this in one of the puff pieces on National;

    “National has goodies in reserve
    Labour is reaching the bottom of the pork barrel with its remaining election campaign spending promises curbed by Treasury’s forecasts last week of lower tax take.”

    That’s the bit that everybody sees on the website.

    The other puff piece, and the bit that everybody sees is;

    “Housing plan: Winners and losers
    National’s proposed home loan subsidies could help many young people into their first homes – although experts warn that the extra money will also push up house price”

    Labour’s budget is presented as an ‘alternative’ budget.

    There’s a story in the Money section titled;

    “How to “Labour-proof” your portfolio”.

    I cannot see how it is possible to maintain a democracy under these conditions.

    • grumpystilskin 10.1

      “I cannot see how it is possible to maintain a democracy under these conditions.”
      Only the illusion of democracy remains, soon as you understand that it makes sense.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        +1

        The 4th Labour government sold our democracy out to neo-liberalism and a return to feudalism.

      • left for dead 10.1.2

        Modern democracy,is just the freedom to do as you are told.re read (Secrets,Lies and Democracy)Noam Chomsky

  10. do i have to say/point out again what a rightwing-toad/dweeb rawdon christie is..?

    • North 11.1

      Rawdie’s bloody thick as well. Just not up to it. Watch the uneasy pause, the shamble, the momentary ‘just sucked a lemon’ mouth when he gets a challenging response to whatever facile question/assertion he’s put/made.

      Followed by eyes averted, semi-smile recovery. “W-e-e-l-l-l-l……nevertheless……”

  11. felix 12

    Anyone catch that clip on telly this weekend where Slater said he would be involved in politics long after Key had left the scene?

    And in a moment of supreme zen weirdness he said he had “met and dealt with” every PM from Muldoon onward?

    How old is he? 40? If so, he reckons he was dealing with Muldoon when he was 10, and with Lange when he was 11. And he goes on telly and squints into the camera and says this as if it’s real.

    Jesus, this is the fucking spoon Key got to help him run the country.

    • karol 12.1

      Slater is 43.

      Some bold claims there at the link. Well, I guess he never had to put them into practice because he wasn’t voted in.

    • TheContrarian 12.2

      “And in a moment of supreme zen weirdness he said he had “met and dealt with” every PM from Muldoon onward?”

      He may not referring to dealing PM’s while they were still in office. Which would still probably discount Muldoon.

      • felix 12.2.1

        I don’t doubt that a few important figures patted him on the head as a child, but “dealt with”, that’s just lolzworthy.

        He deals with Key. We know this to be true.

        I suspect he has had dealings with Shipley, as she is an important part of the cartel that Key and Collins are involved in. All post-PM though.

        I can’t think of any other PM who would be likely to give him the time of day, in or out of office.

    • tricledrown 12.3

      Remember his father was the president of the National party for years so dinner party’s bbq’s etc no doubt Camoron would have met and been influenced by National Party insiders he is a credit to all of them!

      • Anne 12.3.1

        Prior to becoming the Nat Party president, he was the chairman of the all important Auckland National Division going back to the 1970s. Wee Cameron would have been the recipient of a lot of head patting from National Party senior figures as he grew up. Perhaps his head sustained a bit of damage in the process.

  12. North 13

    Doesn’t take Guyon long to revert to type, viz. snooty little clipped-tones toff, barely suppressing the alter ego of ‘Headmaster GodKey’ sans smirk lurking within. Michelle-Boag-on-steroids Ferguson equally unfit for RNZ Morning Report.

    How unartful are these media lads and lassies when the only route to the guts of matters is their anger at being personally affronted ? As for example the “Is it OK ?” episode Guyon with TheGodKey last week.

  13. just saying 14

    An outstanding blog by Giovanni Tiso this morning.
    I would have left a message congratulating him, but couldn’t figure out the new comments configuration on his site. So I’ll say it here: Bravo!

    http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/the-jane-clifton-continuum.html

    • really..?..he is a defender of josie pagani..?

      ..you like that..?

      • just saying 14.1.1

        Read it again.

          • joe90 14.1.1.1.1

            You should.
            /

            Posted by Giovanni Tiso at 11:59 PM ShareThis
            Labels: Interpolations, satire

            • RedLogix 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes – quite subtle satire at that.

              (Will confess to having to read it several times …)

              • just saying

                Just shows how inured we are to these kinds of arguments.

                My particular bugbear is the false equivalence arguments where some nobody getting kicked unconscious in a gutter equals one Person Who Matters feeling insulted by a criticism about their behaviour. And we see these kinds of false equivalences and unequal treatment according to status all the time in the media because the bias it reflects is so ingrained – in a large part by the media itself in an obscene vicious circle with public opinion.

                A beneficiary is vilified for not being able to make ends meet on a benefit set at a rate which makes doing so impossible, while in the same issue of the paper a Remuera couple who lost money in a collapsed finance company gets a sympathy piece and their “give a little” page which is up to $50,000 of donations is advertised because they might have to sell their house and buy something more affordable.

                And who has been deliberately creating and maintaining these circles?

                • Olwyn

                  I agree, and this election has shown up the assumptions associated with inequality like no other. A National Party ad that verges on self parody, and could almost double as an ad for a posh private school. The hounding and demeaning of every representative on the left, while the PM, who really is accountable, is allowed to alter the meaning of words, and refuse to answer questions with impunity. Debate seems to have descended to the level of sixth form bitchery with the “aspirational” dominating the common room and the remainder cast as flea-bags. I am all but waiting for some lip-glossed, right leaning, TV presenter to shout, “You can’t say that to me, because I’m a TV presenter and I’m beautiful!”

    • Ad 14.2

      Most complete sardonic riff I’ve seen since dealing with a teenage daughter.

      Excellent work Tiso.

  14. just found this…it is very cool..!

    ..a simple online way to make yr own gifs..

    ..you just have to upload a pic..

    ..i am looking forward to some good key/slater ones from you all..

    http://www.wired.com/2014/08/revist-link/

  15. joe90 16

    Dame Anne Salmond: Royal commission of inquiry needed to clean up NZ’s dirty politics.

    .

    The Dirty Politics saga cuts to the heart of political life in New Zealand. Over the past 10 years there has been an insidious shift in the way that government works, with increasingly autocratic, arrogant ministers taking away the levers of power from citizens and civil servants.

    The independence of the civil service has been eroded, with ministers routinely interfering in operational decisions. Last year, the Law Society felt impelled to report to the United Nations that Parliament had been used to pass a succession of acts that strip away rights, freedoms and protections from citizens, in breach of the Bill of Rights. Ministerial accountability has become a farce.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11314367

  16. Puckish Rogue 17

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/60852283/French-government-resigns-PM-to-form-new-government

    • Another socialist government down the toilet, at least we have centrist in NZ
    • Bearded Git 17.1

      Centrist? Has the election already happened and Key been turfed out while I was in the shower?

      You seem to have fallen for Whalesludge’s spin Puckish.

      • Puckish Rogue 17.1.1

        Oh please Keys center right at best (Labour-lite at worst)

        • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1

          Key is radical RWJN and what he really wants is a return to feudalism as proven by his sales of our assets against our will.

          • Puckish Rogue 17.1.1.1.1

            Lets see, John Key didn’t sell any assets as the controlling share is still held by the government whereas Labour sold 100% of the assets (and also a lot more then National ever did)

            National strengthened the overseas investment rules (which were woeful under Labour) and yes more land was sold under Labour then has been sold under National

            Also hes stated no more asset sales this term, its still legal to join a union and promoting free healthcare to under 13s

            Yes hes a RWNJ and wants us to return to feudalism

            • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1.1.1
              1. Do we still own 100% of our power stations? No? Assets sold. And, due to the laws in NZ that prevent the majority shareholder from doing anything to decrease returns to minor shareholders means that we no longer have any control either
              2. Chances are National only did that because knew that they wouldn’t get away with doing what they actually wanted.
              3. Which means he’ll just sell them next term
              4. Yep, that’s what selling state assets is.
              • Herodotus

                Dear DTB and labour are going to sell housing nz land as part of kiwibuild. Funny how it is ok to sell nz state assets when we do it. A great opportunity lost as the land could be better used IMHO for new state houses. Then we have today in the herald 40m2 houses on 119m2 sections at a bargin $339k , is this what affordable housing has become we the voter should be demanding that state land esp within Auckland be used to build state houses, and also help to reduce the govt housing subsidy paid to land lords.

                • Murray Olsen

                  I don’t think it’s OK at all. I’m not impressed one bit by Labour’s housing policy. We need more state houses, and for many reasons. A good building program would provide training, employment, push prices down and have a follow on effect on private rents.

      • adam 17.1.2

        PR can’t tell what is right or wrong any more Bearded Git. He just makes assumptions and expects people to worship him.

    • Draco T Bastard 17.2

      Just capitalism, in general, collapsing.

      And in a few weeks we’ll be able to say See, another conservative government down the toilet.

  17. Bearded Git 18

    And Dirty Politics continues to erode National’s credibility here:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11314137

    • Bearded Git 18.1

      More than a third of voters may change their vote over Dirty Politics. Game changer.

      “The shadow of ‘Dirty Politics’ still hangs over the campaign. John Key is not answering questions about the book on the trail anymore. He is trying to draw a line under it in the hope it has not damaged his and National’s position too badly. National’s internal polling is said to show the book’s revelations are not resonating with the public.
      However, TVNZ’s Vote Compass survey found the book had affected 36% of the 13,913 voters who took the online poll, who said it may change their vote to varying degrees”

      And on another issue National is on the wrong side of:

      “A 3News Reid Research poll released last night showed 77% of voters believed there should be stricter controls on foreign ownership and 20% said there should not be stricter controls”

      Read about both issues here:

      http://www.interest.co.nz/news/71637/poll-shows-most-want-foreign-buying-limits-survey-finds-over-third-say-dirty-politics-wil

      • yeshe 18.1.1

        my favourite from the link .. thx BG .. good to be reminded this is all we need …

        “The knife-edge nature of the electoral mathematics of MMP mean a loss of 2-3% support from National would be enough to put its re-election in doubt, and it is already going into the election with opinion poll support around 2-3% lower than in the lead-up to the 2011 election, which it won by less than 10,000 votes.”

        And what a bloody costly 10,000 votes.

      • tricledrown 18.1.2

        Key cannot blame it on left wing conspiracy theorists any more!
        Cameron Slater and Conman Key have to take Personal Responsibility for their self made mess!
        Key can’t even blame dotcom!
        Key is now trying to mumble his way round the massive mess of his own creation!
        Key sounds like a lying little school boy!

  18. Enough is Enough 19

    I see DPF is having a wee cry about nasty song written about his idol.

    Diddums.

    If you declare a war on the poor this is what you should expect to receive.

    • Rosie 19.1

      Which particular song? There’s quite a few anti Key songs!

        • Rosie 19.1.1.1

          Whoa! Didn’t know this one. There’s no mincing of words there. A bit edgy, I must admit but then again they weren’t” listened to” in 2011 (Listen to us) so the resentment edged up another notch. What does Farrar expect, the boys choir praising Key?

          Excellent bass line. Quite uncomfortable with the threatening reference to fucking Key’s daughter though.

          http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/8630/Listen-Peace—Kill-The-PM.utr

          • Peter Matthews 19.1.1.1.1

            Does that mean you are comfortable with the threatening reference to killing him? Political leanings aside, surely this is nothing but unacceptable?

            • Rosie 19.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s a bit shocking Peter but then again a) it’s not going to happen b)I’ve listened to music all my life so am familiar with violent anti authority expressions and c) this view sums up my sentiments perfectly:

              “………….. I don’t have to like it. I understand why its happening. When your suppress people and their voice it breaks through and it is not pretty as it would have been if you let them have a say in the first place.”

              • anker @24 11.16am

              My main concern is with Key’s daughter being threatened. She has nothing to do with the running of the country and the threat sounds rather rapey to me. Myself I don’t like or dislike the lyrics (but like the melody) but I wouldn’t play it when people are around at my house, even guests that feel just as angry towards Key as @peace do.

              • adam

                I’ve listened a few times, and I agree Rosie that bit about Key’s daughter shocked me. Then listening through a few times, I think it’s a bragging attempt, and a pick up line – sad I know. It’s not that unusual for hip-hop artist – to do these brags. I think they deliberately made this section of the song shocking, but he does a vocal twist at end – to introduce himself and make it apparent who he talking to.

                That said, they use shock a lot in their songs, and sexist language. Here for the other tunes.

                http://www.atpeace.co.nz/#hear

              • adam

                @peace comment on Facebook.

                *Now that I have your attention, may I remind you that

                130,000 ELIGIBLE PEOPLE UNDER 25 HAVE NOT YET ENROLLED.

                The current PM does not care about these people. He does not care about the growing gap between the rich and the poor in our country. He does not care about the native people of our country. He does not care about the planet we depend upon to survive, the living organism that we as humans are a functioning part of. He does not care about the right we should all have to an education. He only cares about him and his friends.

                I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let’s not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty strong since ‘Heal The World’ came out. It’s just a song. No different from Thatcher era punk. Anyone ever heard “Maggie you’re a cunt”..?

                What’s important is that we ENROL TO VOTE so that we have a chance to select someone to represent us who understands the concept of empathy.

                I’m fed up with this dude. But if you want to vote for him, that’s your choice. Personally, I’m voting Greens but you can vote for whoever you like. You can choose between a whole bunch of different people who represent a whole bunch of different ideologies. That’s the beauty of the political system in NZ.

                Please respect my right to express my disappointment for the leader of our country.*

                Read more: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/8630/Listen-Peace—Kill-The-PM.utr#ixzz3BSbNh9A2

                • Rosie

                  Thats a well written statement. Clarifies the violent intent (none) and expands on the message.

                  I get what you’re saying adam re the boasting/ bragging and have heard it plenty of times in songs. Get’s a bit eye rolly though, as a woman hearing it. Thanks for sharing other tunes. I’ve made a mental note to have a listen when I get a chance.

    • Puckish Rogue 19.2

      “If you declare a war on the poor this is what you should expect to receive.”

      • and you can justify any action as long as you make up an excuse for it
      • Enough is Enough 19.2.1

        If I poke you in the eye repeatedly for 6 years then yeah I will expect you to turn around and say something nasty to me

        • nadis 19.2.1.1

          [deleted]

          [lprent: Too far. Read the policy again. ]

          • Puckish Rogue 19.2.1.1.1

            ?

          • nadis 19.2.1.1.2

            Why too far? It was just a metaphor for what I think Laila Harre’s policies will do to my small business.

            Will you also delete any links on this site to the song? Or can I put a link here to the comment I have made hosted elsewhere?

            • adam 19.2.1.1.2.1

              I run a small business and none of the IMP policies worry me at all. I’m more worried about the mismanagement by national and the old boys clubs with infest national, and some could say labour.

              This is not capitalism, in capitalism you got to take the hits and gains. The highs and the lows. This is profit taking and a mad rush to get the last of the resources.

              • Rich

                Ditto. I don’t know why any small business owner would ever vote for National and that includes any family farmers that may be left.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Yep. It seems the Left have a bit of impression management and communication to the small business sector catch up with. Policies which make the life of small business owners simpler and give our customers more disposable income is all good for SMEs.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Because more then likely the Greens would come in as well and the Greens are wanting to implement more costs over water rights so why would farmers vote for more costs?

  19. dv 20

    Interesting From NBR
    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/assange-help-dotcom-drop-his-sept-15-bombshell-key-ck-161400

    Kim Dotcom has told OneNews the big international name who will play a role in the bombshell he’ll drop on the prime minister: WikiLeaks founder and fugitive Julian Assange, who’s holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy, is set to take part in a pre-election attack on John Key.

    “I can give you a hint. Someone who is currently locked up in an embassy might be on a live video link,” Mr Dotcom said.

    Mr Dotcom had warned something big will come out on September 15, just five days from the election.

    He has already hired journalist Glen Greenwald, who made public the Edward Snowdon leaks. Now the addition of Mr Assange confirms the September 15 event will be about New Zealand’s spying.

    Asked will September 15 do more damage to Mr Key than the Dirty Politics book has, Mr Dotcom told OneNews: “I think so.”

    • Bearded Git 20.1

      Nice post dv. Well this and Dirty Politics (see my post above) should see Key spending much more time at his Hawaii mansion in the near future.

    • weka 20.2

      KDC said that thing during the IMP launch about how he didn’t like the German PM so hacked his credit rating to zero, and there is another PM he doesn’t like. Makes me uncomfortable, when he talks about what he wants and likes etc, instead of talking about the general good. Still too much ego and I’m just glad he’s not gunning for someone on the left (this could just as easily be about a Labour govt as a NACT one).

      • RedLogix 20.2.1

        While I understand how KDC’s actions fall outside of healthy political action – it’s also why IMP is the dark horse in this election.

        Increasingly young people are no longer interested in conventionally sanctioned political actions. They increasingly see the entire system as compromised at best – irredeemably corrupted at worst.

        For them this kind of direct action, redolent of the “V” and “Anonymous” memes, holds far more appeal.

        • weka 20.2.1.1

          Agreed, IMP are effective in what they do. I think I will just keep expressing my discomfit about KDC himself, because as bad as things are now we still have many good things to lose.

          Am also getting sick of the whole “we’re fucked” as youth slogan thing. We do have choices, and more choices this election than ever. I really wish people would get over the idea that voting is about getting what one wants. It’s not, it’s about moving us towards a better place, or even just a place where it’s easier to do the real work of effecting change. I’ve never been able to vote for a party that represents me well, but that hasn’t stopped me from seeing the value in voting. All power to IMP, I hope they do really well, but I still think that we should be encouraging people to vote because it’s a form of power irrespective of whether there is a cool party to vote for or not (and it’s not like back in the FPP dark ages when I would have had to be voting Labour at this point 😉

          • RedLogix 20.2.1.1.1

            Yeah – and it’s worth keeping in mind that a lot of real change comes from radicals outside of the system who over time learn to work effectively within it.

            On the other hand the “we’re fucked” thing will need to find a legitimate political outlet sooner or later. Preferably sooner – and if KDC is the vehicle then so be it. No-one else seems to have put their hand up.

            • Colonial Viper 20.2.1.1.1.1

              Yeah – and it’s worth keeping in mind that a lot of real change comes from radicals outside of the system who over time learn to work effectively within it.

              or alternatively, pressure from radicals and mass movements which choose to never compromise sufficiently to become part of the establishment – but who by doing so effectively force those within the establishment to take those radical viewpoints into account. A historical example of this was FDR’s New Deal. Without massive pressure from workers and socialist movements – including riots and dozens of strikers killed – FDR would never have passed the New Deal. As a conciliatory figure trying to protect the future of capitalism, he had to.

  20. yeshe 21

    Update on TPPA meetings through the country … so vital to our survival.

    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2af728ed394d2e3c92f383cd5&id=9a51057c49&e=0663fc3518

    • Kiwiri 21.1

      Thanks. This deserves a post of its own asap to let many others know.

      • yeshe 21.1.1

        @LPrent please ? thx

        • Kiwiri 21.1.1.1

          Can include also the fact that TPPA is another attempt at resurrecting the MAI that was roundly rejected back in 1998. Laila Harre has pointed out to the role of online opposition in defeating the MAI and we can do it again [on video online that I viewed recently and I would be happy if someone can find it].

          Worth referring to Bryan Gould’s piece in December last year which refers to the MAI-TPPA connection:

          “Speak up – we can resist the powerful”
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11167682

          And this from:
          http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/33828/resisting-multilateralism

          “Part of a protest march moves through Wellington in 1998, on its way to Parliament. The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) was proposed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), of which New Zealand is a member. The MAI was intended to provide a framework for international investment based on highly liberalised national investment controls and improved investment protection, with effective dispute settlement procedures, open to non-OECD countries. The proposal provoked vehement opposition internationally. Those opposed argued the MAI favoured big business and was being imposed without adequate consultation. In the end, the initiative collapsed.”

  21. anker 22

    EiE @19.1.1. Don’t like the song. Not the way to go.

    On another note did anyone see, has anyone noticed David Fisher, about his relationship with Slater. Don’t have the link at hand. I wonder how many more we are going to see like this coming out of the word work.

    • Enough is Enough 22.1

      You don’t have to like it. It is mildly distasteful. However it a direct consequence of Key’s war on the poor.

      Key and DPF can’t behave like they do and then cry when these things happen.

      • Peter Matthews 22.1.1

        In what world is a song about killing somebody “mildly distasteful”? It is completely disgusting and shouldn’t be defended.

        • Colonial Viper 22.1.1.1

          It’s just a song. It won’t appeal to middle NZ sensibilities. And it’s not helpful for unpoisoning our politics. But Neoliberal policies are actually killing tens of thousands in NZ before their due time and we all accept that.

      • Karen 22.1.2

        No, it isn’t mildly distasteful. It is way, way worse than that and sentiments encouraging rape and violence should not be considered justifiable by anybody professing to be left wing. I loathe John Key and fear for the future of NZ if he gets reelected. This song is more likely to get him sympathy at a time that those who thought he was great are beginning to ask questions. Really dumb.

        • felix 22.1.2.1

          “…sentiments encouraging rape…”

          Care to point that out please?

        • karol 22.1.2.2

          I inwardly groan when I see a leftie express the anger in terms of violence or killing political opponents (in a country like NZ that isn’t a war zone). I don’t think it’a helpful to the left at all.

          • felix 22.1.2.2.1

            Probably not helpful at all.

            But as far as I know @peace aren’t speaking for “the left” as as artists have no responsibility to do so.

            • karol 22.1.2.2.1.1

              Fair enough. Whoever does it, not something I support.

              I’m for the means of political protest and the underlying values expressed are important.

              • felix

                As I see it, stuff like this just shows the depth of antipathy that exists among young people toward Key in particular and this govt in general.

                None of this sentiment is ever picked up in the polls, and the political commentariat seem to have missed it, but it exists and it is building.

                • adam

                  It’s because they either don’t want it to turn up in the polls – or they hoping they bury their heads long enough it will go away.

                  But just stop and talk to the young people, they are pissed off. They see what’s happening, they are not stupid. I talk to young mum’s and dads on a regular basis – they feel the future is going to be absolute hell for their kids. – I think they are right.

                  Funny how pollsters don’t ask that question.

                • karol

                  I agree it shows the depth of anger. But I worry about what will replace it when the anger is expressed in the language of violence.

                  Not keen on bringing Key’s daughter into it either.

                  I’m glad to hear there are a lot of young people angry with the government and state of our society.

                  • felix

                    “I worry about what will replace it when the anger is expressed in the language of violence.”

                    Yeah it’s a worry alright. But it’s also entirely predictable considering the violence this govt and those they represent have inflicted on large segments of the populace.

                  • RedLogix

                    This is a really important conversation. We’ve seen a generation of young people alienated from the political process – and that is never a stable condition.

                    Sooner or later something or someone will trigger that instability – and this small country may see consequences from our deepest nightmares.

                    It’s why the left must keep campaigning hard to get these people back voting.

                  • CnrJoe

                    Oh poor key and sophie
                    Key himself draws his kids into it. I’ll try and hunt it out but there’s the time Key had been bailed up about some shares – tranzrail? – and he quipped ‘ I even offered them to Max and he didn’t want them..’

    • Rosie 22.2

      The article linked on karol’s post perhaps anker? It’s an excellent article. Shines a light on a topic, their relationship with sources, that no other journalists, most likely for a myriad of reasons, have not been able or will not to raise.

  22. greywarbler 23

    Rod Oram on Radionz on housing policies at moment, National first then Labour. Good as usual.

    Says that a big change will be needed from the trend to build expensive homes as being more profitable. He talks about the building sector needing to have sort of templates to design and build cheaper homes. If we had an active government, there would be model houses designed for country-wide use, for cost and materials and practicality designed by people using their specialist knowledge for the benefit of NZs. A Buildings department would be a good idea. I think we have something of that nature that is prevented from being the needed guide by some ill-advised ideology.

  23. anker 24

    EiE @ 22.1 Yep that is true. I don’t have to like it. I understand why its happening. When your suppress people and their voice it breaks through and it is not pretty as it would have been if you let them have a say in the first place.

  24. yeshe 25

    as rare as hens’ teeth .. apology from Plunket to Gower ? must have been a very big mess ….

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10424397/Plunket-apologises-over-Gower-ambush

    • Kiwiri 25.1

      The state of NZ’s broadcasters: when those reporting the news are making news.

    • North 25.2

      As ratshit ridiculous and plainly unprofessional as Gower can be in the visual medium Plunket comes across as the overbearing, hectoring bully in the talkback context. One for Gower here. Neither however approach the master of the universe chappie coining himself “Well Oi’ll Bee Fooked”.

  25. adam 26

    I’m loving all the moralising over this song in the comments.

    By the way anger young men. Hip-hop and violent.

    So for the squeamish – avoid.

    http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/8630/Listen-Peace—Kill-The-PM.utr

  26. joe90 27

    The scum involved in #dirtypolitics were/are only a phone call removed from sinister shit like this.

    The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

    The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.

    ICREACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Details about its existence are contained in the archive of materials provided to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/08/25/icreach-nsa-cia-secret-google-crisscross-proton/

  27. yeshe 28

    So the hacker explains today that when the motivation is understood, and it’s not political, it will point directly and specifically to the hacker.

    maybe there are several out there with reason to do it … just as an example … from 2012 ..

    http://laudafinem.com/tag/debbie-brown/

    Be warned .. it has a very large and unflattering image of Slater ….

    Toujours, cherchez la femme !

  28. Puckish Rogue 29

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10424702/Man-admits-defacing-National-Party-billboards?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • What is it with Green members and defacing National hoardings and generally being idiots? They do know we live in a democracy right?
    • McFlock 29.1

      nothing in that article about him being a green member.

      Has the SIS been conveniently declassifying files about government opponents again?

      • Puckish Rogue 29.1.1

        Nope I utilised my mad hacking skillz and got access from a source that must remain confidental
        http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/08/green_party_activist_guilty_of_defacing_national_billboards.html

        • McFlock 29.1.1.1

          ah, more traditional right-wing stalkerising.
          Tell me, did farrar base the alleged green-connection on stolen membership records, or simply because the guy turned up to a protest?

          • Puckish Rogue 29.1.1.1.1

            I think he based it more on what the guy put on his own facebook page however I concede it may have been put there by a vengeful SIS in an effort to make the drop kick look bad

            • McFlock 29.1.1.1.1.1

              yes, because whenever I see someone in the court news I need to see what posts on their facebook page can be twisted for my purposes 🙄 #rightwingstalkers

              protip: not everyone who says “fuck john key” is a “green party activist”.

        • felix 29.1.1.2

          Hey PR, was it you who – a week or so before #hagerbook – was here bragging that the dirty tricks crew have one story/smear to release every day until the election?

          How’s that working out?

  29. i just sat in ak library and speed-read ‘dirty politics’..

    .whoar..!

    ..it’s even worse than you think it’s gonna be..

    ..and farrar giving himself groin-stretch trying to step away from the mess..?

    ..and furiously washing his hands at the same time..?

    ..utter bullshit..!

    ..his little head is bobbing away in there..alongside slater/lusk/ede/hooton/bhatnagar..

    ..david ‘dirty politics’ farrar..

  30. Stiff little finger 31

    EiE
    I guess you support the “Roast Busters” then?
    You dickhead.

    • Weepus beard 32.1

      This shit has got to end. So many questions like that from Brent Robinson going unanswered. He quite categorically states that Mitchell told him he had hired Lusk and Slater to do the dirty work. Now Mitchell is denying ever having spoken to Robinson about it.

      This guy Mitchell is an ex mercenary, the worst type of hired thug you can get. What do the good people of Rodney think? More needs to be made of this story including some effing journos door-stepping Mitchell.

  31. philj 33

    xox
    Present at Oxfam Climate Change Debate in Wellington. VUW. Rutherford house. Greens present,Labour present, NZFirst present. National absent. The worlds under serious threat. National , no show. Incredible.

  32. Chooky 34

    Hack Attack! Anonymous strikes at Israeli govt over Gaza

    http://rt.com/news/182520-anonymous-attack-israeli-government/

  33. vto 35

    David Farrar cries that he can’t understand why the hate shown towards people like him in this election.

    John Key cries the same.

    They are as ignorant as the policies and attitudes of theirs which cause the hate. So fucking ignorant.

    • felix 35.1

      Funny eh? Seems that the narrow constraints of polite political discourse conducted by a handful of utterly conflicted and well-heeled insiders has somehow completely misread the depth of the disgust and contempt this govt inspires in many, many people.

  34. vto 36

    John Key failed to distance himself from Slater even when he was on the West Coast and face to face with the mother of the young man over whose death Slater danced for joy and talked with Key about. Key had nothing to say to her and Key stood with Slater. Says it all.

    Key is nothing but scum.

    Slater can go to hell.

    • McFlock 36.1

      Slater can go to hell.

      I don’t believe in hell, but even if I were as amoral and insecure as slater, I’d still want to hedge my bets a bit more than he has 🙂

  35. Ergo Robertina 37

    Interesting that Labour’s David Parker (at the debate in Queenstown tonight) argues against ‘low value’ immigration on the basis the modern economy has a diminishing need for labour, yet he is intent on pushing the age of Super out, increasing the labour pool.

    • Murray Olsen 37.1

      That just goes to show that he’s an unreconstructed Rogernome at heart. If the left lose this time, I think he will be at least as responsible as any individual.

  36. tricledrown 38

    Ergo compulsory Kiwisaver will allow people to retire at 65 still ,!

  37. nadis 39

    Weka. Use caliber to manage your books. It’s pretty much an iTunes equivalent for ebooks. Apparently there are addins for it that you can find on the interweb that automatically perform various tasks. Depending on the task u want to automate, just Google for it.

    • weka 39.1

      do you mean Calibre? I already use that, but it can’t read the Kindle version of Dirty Politics. Once imported into Calibre, it will prompt Kindle to open and show the book there instead. Like I said, I tried various ripping options and none of them could get past the DRM, so I’m curious how you think it can be ripped easily within a few minutes.

      Edit: ah ok, I see what you mean. There is a Kindleunpackit addon that creates a new file that can be read in Calibre and presumably ripped to PDF etc. cheers.

  38. nadis 40

    Weka. Don’t over complicate things. Just Google caliber drm.

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    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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    5 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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    5 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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    6 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    6 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
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    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    2 weeks ago